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The College Hobbyist: Best Five Minute Gin and Tonic Recipe

Updated on June 13, 2013


Gin and Tonic is a delicious and classy drink that has been tried and true, proven throughout time, and takes a sweeter, more refreshing, and even much simpler approach to flavor than most mixed drinks; no concentrated juice, colas, or mixed liquors here. Now without further adieu..

A perfect G + T with the proper citrus and right fizzing bite
A perfect G + T with the proper citrus and right fizzing bite

Grab a Glass

First you will want to choose the size and shape of your glass and pre-frost it in the freezer for some additional chill and aesthetic. My preferred styles of glass for a gin and tonic are slim jims, pints, or tumblers depending on the size of my drink. In this recipe I will be using a pint-sized stein and mixing according to that size.

The Mix

  1. FIll glass 1/3 with ice, I prefer crushed ice
  2. Fill with premium gin until ice is submerged, this is usually 2-3 shots
  3. Squeeze a 1/8 wedge of lime or lemon into the tonic for sweet citrus. If you want a more sour drink use both, heavier on lemon. For sweet go heavier on the lime
  4. Fill with crisp fresh tonic water to the top
  5. Stir and enjoy!

Prep Time

Prep time: 2 min
Ready in: 2 min
Yields: A damn fine drink


Pick your poisons, grab a blade and an icy tumbler
Pick your poisons, grab a blade and an icy tumbler


  • 1/3 glass Ice, Chill out
  • 1/3 glass or to top of ice Gin, Tanqueray baby!
  • 1/8th whole, or desired wedge Lime/Lemon, Sweet AND Sour
  • To the top with tonic, Let it fizz!

Your Gin and Your Tonic

Pick a good high-quality Gin to mix with first and foremost. Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire, Beefeater, New Amsterdam, or Seagram's are all fine choices. Keep your gin chilled prior to drinking.

Tonic is a little more forgiving however cans or glass bottles are usually best here, and some good brands include Schwepp's, Canada Dry, and Refreshe

Gin and Ice

Add your premium glass bottled Gin
Add your premium glass bottled Gin

Lime, then Tonic

Make it sour, and even sweeter
Make it sour, and even sweeter


1. Gin is best served out of the freezer, and the best Gin comes in glass bottles - Tanqueray or Bombay Sapphire are good choices if you are unfamiliar with Gin

2. Tonic comes usually in larger plastic bottles however it can be found in both glass bottles at many small liquor stores or convenience stores as well as cans. I would recommend, of course, glass bottles tonic, fresh limes, and glass bottled gin.

3. Get creative with your citrus! Gin and tonic is an excellent base drink for tart and sour flavors and will bode well with not just lime, but lemon, grapefruit, oranges, and even cranberry! Try different combinations.

4. Please comment, leave feedback, and check out my other hubs for more related topics! I'd love to hear from you!

How Easy Was This Recipe to Follow?

5 stars from 3 ratings of 5-Minute Gin and Tonic

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Slim Jim Gin and Tonic
Slim Jim Gin and Tonic


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    • Phenomenalapse profile imageAUTHOR

      Stacy Clark 

      5 years ago from Reno, NV

      I am sorry to hear that you don't like the drink, but I did give other options aside from Bombay and Tanqueray. A fifth of Seagram's gin, a plastic bottle of tonic, and 2 limes runs for under $25.00 and makes a very good number of drinks, much more than a single person's worth for a night, and at much less of a price than most bar or club options. I encourage you to give the recipe another try perhaps with lemon, lime, or orange, and maybe scale down the quality of your gin to suit your financial situation. Thanks for the feedback

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      5 years ago

      I am a college student and on low budget some of these products are a bit pricey , I don't even like Gin and tonic

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      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      It sounds yummy for a summer nights drink. I have never drink gin before. I might give it a try with your recipe. Thanks for sharing this easy to follow recipe. Happy Easter!

    • Phenomenalapse profile imageAUTHOR

      Stacy Clark 

      5 years ago from Reno, NV

      Bombay is excellent too! Many brands will also have multiple varieties of Gin such as Tanqueray 10, Tanqueray London Dry, and Tanqueray Distilled. The same is the case for Bombay Sapphire and regular Bombay dry gin. Different gins with different citrus can be fun to experiment with!

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      5 years ago

      My gin of choice is Bombay Sapphire. I hate to admit this, but I have never tried Tanqueray gin. (I saw that the other vote, on your poll, was for that). I will have to give that a try sometime, along with your recipe! Thanks for the great hub!


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